In honor of renowned saxophonist and educator Bill Pierce, this celebratory concert features former students Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Antonio Hart, and Melissa Aldana. Pierce, chair emeritus of Berklee’s Woodwinds Department, is a 1972 Berklee graduate who has performed with some of the indisputable masters of music—Freddie Hubbard, Marvin Gaye, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Art Blakey, to name a few.
Producing the concert is Grammy-winning drummer, composer, and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington '83, '03H and will feature music from the songbooks of Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Pierce originals, and more. The concert will be divided into two sections. Jackson, Turner, Hart, and Aldana will perform the first half with Lawrence Fields on piano, David Gilmore on guitar, John Lockwood on bass, and Ron Savage on drums. Pierce will lead the second half of the concert with long-time collaborators Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Jake Sherman on organ, and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, along with a host of special guests to help further pay tribute to Pierce’s significant contribution to music.